Following the letter to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) in January 2021, the ACMD has been commissioned to provide impartial and independent scientific advice on the acceptable levels of constituent cannabinoids in cannabidiol (CBD) products (in other words, other than CBD itself) marketed as consumer products.

This will not include prescribed products/medicines.

The ACMD invites all sections of society to provide written evidence with regards to this commission and are want specific evidence on the following questions.

The commission refers to the cannabinoids Δ9-THC, CBN and THCV. Are there any further phytocannabinoids which should be considered? If so, which cannabinoids and please provide evidence.

Psychoactive effects and dosing
At what dose would each of these cannabinoids cause a psychoactive effect in humans? Are there any potential harmful effects at these doses?

Transformative conditions
What are the conditions that precursors of cannabinoids such as Δ9-THCA-A might be transformed into controlled cannabinoids?

Maximum Combined doses
What is the combined level of the psychoactive cannabinoids that would not produce a psychoactive effect (in other words maximum combined dose of active ingredients) given the standard use of consumer CBD products?

Evidence of adverse effects
Are you aware of any evidence of CBD products causing adverse reactions or harms which might be attributable to cannabinoid impurities? If so, please attach such evidence.

Quality control on CBD extracts
For producers of CBD-containing products for supply to consumers, what certification of quality of CBD extracts from raw materials do you require or expect?

Referenced standards on controlled drugs
For which controlled phytocannabinoids are there reference standards available or likely to become available in the near future for their use in testing?


Owing to the specific focus of this ministerial commission, the ACMD will only consider information relevant to these questions. Additional information will not be considered.

If you would like to submit written evidence, please email the ACMD Secretariat at:

[email protected] by Wednesday 21 April.

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